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Background: The Indian Secretary to the Finance Ministry, Mr. M.G. Kaul, went to West Germany on Tuesday (28 May), apparently is assure the West German government that its aid to India was not being used to develop nuclear weapons.
On Tuesday, Mr. Kaul had talks at the Ministry for Economic Cooperation in Bonn with the Minister for Development Aid, Dr. Erhard Epaler. They discussed India's first nuclear test explosion, which ??? the world earlier this month. The Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Gandhi, insisted the explosion was part of the country's normal ??? research, and that India was firmly committed to the peaceful ??? of atomic energy.
Dr. Eppler made it clear that West Germany did not want to interfere with what it considered to be the internal affairs of India. At the same time, he sid it did not sent India to be a nuclear power. If this were to happen, he warned that it would affect the development aid that went to India.
The west Germane are reported to have been anxious to make sure that ??? contract with India makes it clear that it can be used only for ??? purposes.
India receives about GBP 400 million (about $900 million U.S.) a year from ??? and North America in aid, and another GBP 900 million (about GBP 2,000 million U.S) from the Soviet Union. The country's nuclear ??? programme has been estimated to cost GBP 650 million (about $???9,500 million U.S.), with a further GBP 19 million (about $40 million U.S.) earmarked over the next five year.